TENANCIES


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USING AN AGENT AND GOING PRIVATE?  | WHAT IS AN INVENTORY AND SCHEDULE OF CONDITION?  | 
 
WHY DO I NEED TO BE CHECKED IN TO MY PROPERTY?  | WHAT IS A TENANCY AGREEMENT?  |  CAN MY LANDLORD OR AGENT END MY TENANCY?
 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USING AN AGENT AND GOING PRIVATE?

An agent will charge an administration fee, will act as a point of contact, will ensure the property offered for let meets all the health & safety requirements and will deal with the landlord on your behalf. An agent will normally be bound by the code of conduct of their governing body, which you can formally complain to if you are dissatisfied with the service you have received.

A landlord may or may not charge an administration fee to cover their costs, ask for a credit reference, or take a deposit. A landlord may be part of a landlord organisation or accredited by a local authority, which may enable you to complain if you were unhappy with the service you received.

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WHAT IS AN INVENTORY AND SCHEDULE OF CONDITION?

An inventory is a document that lists all items that are contained within the property and usually contains comments on the condition of those items.

The schedule of condition is a document that describes the physical fabric of the property and its condition at the beginning of the tenancy.

Both of these documents will be referred to when assessing dilapidations (damages) and in the event that the dilapidations require the assistance of the dispute resolution service they will be submitted as substantiating evidence.

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WHY DO I NEED TO BE CHECKED IN TO MY PROPERTY?

The check in is your opportunity to inspect the property against the inventory, you can add your comments and then sign it to agree. Taking the time to be thorough will prevent problems at the end of the tenancy.

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WHAT IS A TENANCY AGREEMENT?

The standard tenancy agreement issued by landlords and agents is most commonly a fixed term assured shorthold agreement, usually 6-12 months, often abbreviated to AST. This type of agreement gives you security of tenure for the period of time stated on the agreement.

If the tenancy agreement is not for a fixed term or the fixed term on your existing agreement has come to an end and has not been renewed, it is then called a statutory periodic tenancy. This means it will automatically renew on a month-to-month basis until notice is served.

A good tenancy agreement will contain clear information on:

  • The names of the landlord and the tenant  
  • The landlords contact details
  • The address of the property being rented
  • The amount of rent you have to pay
  • How often you have to pay it
  • The amount of the security deposit
  • The length of the tenancy
  • The rights and obligations of the landlord and the tenant.
  • Standard legal terms

You will usually receive a copy of the tenancy agreement three to four days before the tenancy start date so you have ample time to read and understand the agreement that you will be entering into.

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CAN MY LANDLORD OR AGENT END MY TENANCY?

The tenancy is protected during the fixed period (as stated on the tenancy agreement) and cannot be ended unless it is mutually agreed between the landlord or agent and the tenant, or there has been a breach of the tenancy agreement.

If the landlord or agent wants the property back at the end of the tenancy they will serve a ‘section 21 notice’ giving two months notice that they will not be renewing or extending the tenancy, no reason is required.

When you receive the notice you should make the appropriate arrangements to vacate the property on the date specified. If this is not possible then you MUST discuss this with your landlord or agent.

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